Former ‘Dance Moms’ Star Tween Makeup Kit Tests Positive for Asbestos
Another makeup kit marketed to tweens and teens has come under fire after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found asbestos in it. The agency says that the makeup kit was recalled immediately after it tested positive for the deadly mineral. The FDA followed with a warning to the public to stop using the product immediately.
The makeup kit was created by tween retailer Claire’s and former ‘Dance Moms’ star JoJo Siwa. Asbestos has been found in numerous Claire’s makeup products dating back to 2017. Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set (Batch/Lot No. S180109) contained eyeshadow, two lip-glosses, and nail polish.
Since leaving Dance Moms, sixteen-year-old Siwa has “become a breakout star with her own YouTube channel with 9.8 million subscribers, products and appearances everywhere,” reports USA Today. In response to the recall on her makeup kit, Siwa released a YouTube video titled “My Makeup.” In it, the teenager said:
"Recently, it’s been brought up to my attention that there’s been a problem with one of my products in Claire’s stores, with one of the JoJo makeup products, and I just want to let everyone know that no matter what, safety is myself and Nickelodeon’s number-one priority in everything, in every product, and everything out there.”
Claire’s also released a statement saying that it has "voluntarily recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of an abundance of caution." The retailer also said, “Claire’s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire’s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations."
Also testing positive for asbestos was a Beauty Plus product called Global Contour Effects Palette 2/No. S1603002/PD-C1179. It's unclear where this cosmetic was sold.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor immediately. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. This means that even the “small trace amounts” Claire’s describes as “acceptable” could lead to mesothelioma decades from now. Don’t hesitate. See your doctor to assess your risk today.
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